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Dr. Nageena Akhtar at work

What is The Head Righting Reflex?

  • By Nageena


There are two Headrighting reflexes. The Labyrinthine headrighting reflex affects the vestibular system.
The Ocular headrighting reflex affects the eyes. They are both important for maintaining good head position no matter the position of the body.
This is important for reading, writing and balance.

Some possible long term effects of a retained headrighting reflex are

  • Low muscle tone
  • Muscle tension in neck and shoulders
  • Un-coordinated movements, especially anything that requires sequence (marching)
  • Poor balance
  • Reading challenges
  • Poor handwriting
  • Poor spatial awareness
  • Disorganized
  • When eyes move head also moves
  • Poor hand-eye coordination
  • Difficulties copying from the board
  • Difficulties keeping place on page when reading
  • Poor time management
  • Easily distracted
  • Finds it difficult to look and listen at the same time